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Stephen Hawking submitted a final scientific paper 2 weeks before he died — and it could lead to the discovery of a parallel universe

Stephen Hawking submitted his final scientific paper just two weeks before he died, and it lays the theoretical groundwork for discovering a parallel universe.<p>Hawking, who passed away on Wednesday aged 76, was co-author to a mathematical paper which seeks proof of the "multiverse" theory, which …


Listen to the first-ever recordings of volcanic thunder

The sounds of science.<p>It’s an explosion that starts within the earth, a release of pressurized gases and bits of rock; either as sharp shards or molten fragments or both. A volcanic eruption is one of the most powerful demonstrations of the dynamism of the planet that we usually think of as solid …


Stephen Hawking had pinned his hopes on 'M-theory' to fully explain the universe—here's what it is

Rumour has it that Albert Einstein spent his last few hours on Earth scribbling something on a piece of paper in a last attempt to formulate a theory …


Amateur astronomers discovered a new type of aurora that you can see much farther south — and they named it 'Steve'

Amateur sky-watchers in Canada, in conjunction with NASA scientists, have made a startling discovery after years of looking up at the stars: a new type of aurora.<p>They named it STEVE, an acronym for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement.<p>While the new aurora may appear similar to the famous …


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Why Isn't Our Universe Perfectly Smooth?

When we examine our Universe, looking out at the planets, stars, galaxies, and vast cosmic voids separating them, “smooth” isn’t exactly the first word that comes to mind. The enormous cosmic web is one of the clumpiest things imaginable in the Universe, with a planet like Earth some 1030 times …

Dark Matter

All Galaxies Take a Billion Years to Rotate. Which Is Really Cool, and Totally Weird.

Big or small, dense or empty, it's one thing they all share.<p>Galaxies come in all shapes and size, and NASA's best estimates indicate there are more than 200 billion of them in the observable universe. According to the latest findings from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research …


Astronaut's gene expression no longer same as his identical twin, NASA finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> Spending a year in space not only changes your outlook, it transforms your gene expression.<p>Preliminary results from NASA's Twins Study reveal that 7% of astronaut Scott Kelly's genetic expression -- how his genes function within cells -- did not return to baseline after his return to Earth …

Space Science

Scientists find seismic imaging is blind to water

When an earthquake strikes, nearby seismometers pick up its vibrations in the form of seismic waves. In addition to revealing the epicenter of a …

Earth Science

Brain preservation is a step closer, but how could it ever be ‘you’?

We are far more than just stored memories. To come back as an artificial being bereft of family and friends seems meaningless<p>Are you longing for your brain and all its memories to be preserved for ever? That once fanciful idea seems creepily closer now that a complete pig’s brain has been …

Artificial Intelligence

What Is Pi, and How Did It Originate?

Succinctly, pi—which is written as the Greek letter for p, or π—is the ratio of the circumference of any circle to the diameter of that circle. …


Pi Day 2018: the math of pi explained, as simply as possible

Pi, explained in one GIF.<p>Today is March 14, a date that coincidentally spells out the first three digits of pi (represented by the symbol π). Thirty years ago, physicist Larry Shaw decided to celebrate 3/14 at a San Francisco science museum. Since then, Pi Day has grown into a worldwide celebration …


New research solves the 60-year-old paleontological mystery of a 'phantom' dicynodont

A new study has re-discovered fossil collections from a 19th century hermit that validate 'phantom' fossil footprints collected in the 1950s showing …


Stephen Hawking, science's brightest star, dies aged 76

The physicist and author of A Brief History of Time has died at his home in Cambridge. His children said: ‘We will miss him for ever’<p>Stephen Hawking obituary by Roger Penrose<p>Tributes poured in on Wednesday to Stephen Hawking, the brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped …

Stephen Hawking

3 of the Biggest Experiments Ever


Could the Weirdness of Quantum Physics Produce a New Kind of Star?

It would be silly to think that scientists and astronomers have spotted all of the different kinds of weird things that exist in space. After all, …

Quantum Mechanics

You may be a genius if you can answer these 12 science trivia questions people always get wrong

Mount Everest

These Engineers Are Using Bacteria To Create Self Healing Masonry

Engineers from Cardiff University have started a two-year study that looks at using bacteria to automatically repair damage to masonry, like brickwork, building stone, marble and granite in buildings and historic structures.<p>“Preventing or recovering damage to buildings can be an extremely costly …


What scientists found trapped in a diamond: a type of ice not known on Earth

Trapped in the rigid structure of diamonds formed deep in the Earth's crust, scientists have discovered a form of water ice that was not previously known to occur naturally on our planet.<p>The finding, published Thursday in Science, represents the first detection of naturally occurring ice-VII ever …


Nuclear fusion on brink of being realised, say MIT scientists

Carbon-free fusion power could be ‘on the grid in 15 years’<p>The dream of nuclear fusion is on the brink of being realised, according to a major new US initiative that says it will put fusion power on the grid within 15 years.<p>The project, a collaboration between scientists at MIT and a private …

Nuclear Energy

Only Dark Matter (And Not Modified Gravity) Can Explain The Universe

If you took a look at all the galaxies in the Universe, measured where all the matter you could detect was, and then mapped out how these galaxies were moving, you’d find yourself quite puzzled. Whereas in the Solar System, the planets orbit the Sun with decreasing speed the farther away from the …

Dark Matter

Scientists crack 70-year-old mystery of how magnetic waves heat the sun

Scientists at Queen's University Belfast have led an international team to the ground-breaking discovery that magnetic waves crashing through the sun …


Wanna See Around Corners? Better Get Yourself a Laser

You can’t see the bunny, but the picosecond laser certainly can. In a lab at Stanford, engineers have set up a weird contraption, hiding a toy bunny …

Driverless Cars

Team invents new way to 'see' the quantum world

JILA scientists have invented a new imaging technique that produces rapid, precise measurements of quantum behavior in an atomic clock in the form of …

Quantum Mechanics

If the Earth is spinning, why can’t I feel it?

Asking for a friend...<p>Congratulations: you’re currently spinning at about 1,000 miles an hour without even trying! That’s how fast the Earth has to turn to make a complete rotation every day. So why can’t you feel it? Your stomach goes all topsy-turvy when you spin around on a merry-go-round, and …


Teen who created toxin-detecting molecule wants to inspire others in STEM

Keiana Cavé is already a game-changer in the world of STEM. The 19-year-old is the brains behind a toxin-detecting molecule that could help change …

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Optogenetics: Using Light to Control Your Brain


See the bus-size asteroid caught buzzing past Earth

New space rocks in our neighborhood are found all the time, often just before they pay us a visit. Cameras caught Asteroid DV1 passing by us much closer than the moon shortly after being discovered.<p>An asteroid the size of a bus whizzed by us three times closer than the distance to the moon late …


Scientists observe a new quantum particle with properties of ball lightning

Scientists at Amherst College and Aalto University have created, for the first time a three-dimensional skyrmion in a quantum gas. The skyrmion was …

Quantum Mechanics